All over the countryside every year, blackberries rot on the hedgerows. Think of all the wonderful jam that could be made – so full of vitamin C! This year organize a blackberry picking expedition and take a picnic. You’ll find it’s the greatest fun, and when you come home one person could make a few scones while someone else is making the jam. The children could be kept out of mischief and gainfully employed drawing and painting home-made jam labels, with personal messages like ‘Lydia’s Jam – keep off!’, or ‘Grandma’s Raspberry Jam’. Then you can enjoy the results of your labours with a well-earned cup of tea.
Blackberries are a bit low in pectin, so the apples help to set it as well as adding extra flavour.
Wash, peel and core and slice the apples. Stew them until soft with
Pick over the blackberries. Cook until soft, adding about
Boil steadily for about 15 minutes. Skim the jam, test it for a set and pot in warm sterilized jars.
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